Notable actor from Mollywood, Biju Menon, stepped to Kollywood a few years ago, when the opportunities in Malayalam became lean.
The handsome actor who was popular in Mollywood playing heroes in hit films like 'Mazha', 'Madhuranombarakaatu', ‘Meghamalhar’, ‘Sivam' and 'Achanayaananikku Ishtam' was in Tamil, offered more roles which had negatives shades.
Biju Menon didn't complained but did the best to make his over pitched roles in films like ‘Agaram’, ‘Thampi’, ‘Majaa’ and ’June R’, look natural.
The actor, who had just completed another villainous role in ‘Arasangam’, is now offered a big role in the new film directed by Prabhadeva after the super hit ‘Pokkiri’.
Biju Menon will take on Illayathalapathy Vijay in this new film tiled 'Singam'. The movie produced by Ayngaran international will start its shoot by June.
Biju Menon who appeared in a family friendly role in the recent Malayalam release ’Mulla' is now getting busier in Mollywood. He has a number of films lined up as the lead hero including ‘Pathikar’, ‘Parayaan Marannathu’ and ‘Vilaapangalkkappuram’.
He will also be on a pivotal role in AMMA's 'Twenty Twenty'.
She is the hottest heroine in Malayalam today. She is the hot and sexy Swetha Menon. She is now all set to enter Telugu with the film Rajanna.
Nagarjuna is the hero and Sneha is the heroine. Swetha Menon is doing a negative role in the film. She will be seen playing villain while Nagarjuna plays a brave freedom fighter. Swetha is confident that she will make a mark in Telugu with Rajanna.
Prithviraj is said to be the first choice to act as the villain in Mani Ratnam's new untitled film starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai and Vikram. Prithviraj is trying to be different on a villain role for a second time and also because of a big reason--one which every actor in India considers as a worthy one- Mani Ratnam.
Though he entered Kollywood playing a villain in 'Kana Kanden', hit films like 'Paarijatham', 'Mozhi' and 'Vellithirai' have now given him an image of a soft hero. Mainstream actors usually won't try doing a villain role and damage their image of a hero that they have attained after much hard work.
News is that Mani Ratnam has almost finalized Prithviraj to play the villain role. And when it is a Mani Ratnam film, little do actors care whether it's the hero, the villain or the supporting role. Remember Mammootty, who was in a lead supporting cast in Mani Ratnam's 'Thalapathy', which gave a big landing to the actor in Tamil.
Seems Prithviraj is also expecting some thing similar or better than that through this Mani Ratnam flick.
The team behind the recent movie Time is coming together for another movie, CBI from Delhi. The movie to be directed by Shaji Kailash will have Suresh Gopi playing the lead role.
Suresh Gopi is currently busy with his movie Kichamani MBA by Samad Mangada produced by Salim under the banner of Hill Top Productions. Navya Nair plays the female lead. Suresh Gopi’s last release is Bharathan in which he plays a pivotal role and Biju Menon plays the lead role.
It may sound strange but many comedians have expressed a desire to play villain roles. The comedians are very popular for their comic roles but some of them want to act as a villain, in at least one film. Brahmanandam, Ali, Sunil and others have said in public that they are looking for a chance to play villain. Each of them also is very particular that they would like to play a hard-core villain and not some joker kind of villain.
Sunil seems to be first of the bloc as far as villain roles are concerned. He has acted as a hero in a film. He has now bagged a big role as a full-fledged villain in a new film Sunil promises that the role will be like a mother of all villains. The actor will play a hardcore criminal in the film. Work on the film is likely to start in June.
Bhavana made her debut with the Malayalam film Nammal, which opened the door of several good offers for her. She later moved to Kollywood and has also been signed for a Telugu film, Ontari. The actress was last seen in the Malayalam film, Chotta Mumbai, starring Mohanlal in the lead.
Bhavana will now be seen in a cameo role in Dileep's upcoming film, Mulla, directed by Lal Jose and scripted by Sindhuraj with Biju Menon, Innocent, Salim Kumar, and Rizabava also in the cast. Bhavana's last film with Dileep was Chess directed by Raj Babu. She has also signed the multi-starrer Twenty:20 being produced by Dileep.
Suman is flush with the success of the film Sivaji. He played the role of villain in the film and it was received well by the audience. In fact, he stood his own against the charismatic Rajnikanth in the film, which proves his talent. Shankar had also portrayed him in a different mould far away from the conventional villain.
Post-Sivaji, Suman is being flooded with offers from producers and directors to play similar roles. But Suman is not tempted by the offers. A veteran of many films, Suman knows very well that the role in Sivaji is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So he will not do any villain role that requires similar getup and mannerism.
However, he has agreed to do the villain’s role in a new Kannada film titled Bindaas. Kannada hero Puneet Rajkumar plays the lead role and Hansika Motwani of Desamuduru fame will pair opposite him Malayalam actor Nazar will play and key role in the film in which Bollywood actor Rahul Dev is also playing an important character.
According to news reports emanating from Tollywood, a new villain from Bollywood has been signed up to play the villain role in Mahesh Babu’s Athidhi. Prakash Raj was the original choice but he is now said to be out of the project. The casual attitude of Prakash Raj is being cited as the reason for the replacement. The new villain Murali Sarma will now feature in the movie. Prakash Raj and Mahesh Babu have done quite a few films together and the last one was Pokiri.
2008/5/6 2:59:04 Lady luck seems to have finally smiled on hero turned director JD Chakravarthy. This one time hero is now an associate of Ram Gopal Varma. JD has bagged a prestigious role in director Shankar’s new big film ‘Robo’. Rajnikanth is the hero. JD has been signed up to play villain in the film.
Shankar gave Suman a chance to play villain in Sivaji and the role brought big laurels for Suman. JD’s career is not going great guns and he hopes that this film will bring him back into limelight with a bang. JD is naturally excited to get a chance to act opposite Rajni. That too as a villain! What more could any artist possibly ask for?
By next weekend, the film lovers will witness the comeback of Simran to silver screen, that too through a Malayalam film. Her first film on comeback Heartbeats is planned to make a release by next week.
The film which is a campus based investigative thriller also has Indrajith and Biju Menon in the lead. The film is directed by Vinoo Anand in the scripts of Babu Janardhanan.
The pretty young bomb shell from Kerala Nitya Menon made a dream début with the film Ala Modalaidndi’.
The acting of Nitya in the film has got good appreciation and she is now being flooded with offers.
It is reliably learnt that Nitya Menon has now been finalized to play the heroine opposite Victory Venkatesh. Ileana was originally planned for the role but she has now been replaced by Nitya. The film will be directed by Trivikram Srinivas.
This time around, Dileep is hell-bent on making the most of his career in the year 2008. The actor is getting ready for an excellent start with his new film with director Lal Jose. 'Mulla' is the name of the film and it will have Dileep in a never-seen-before appearance.
Probably for the first time in his career, he is going to star in this film with tonsured hair.
Dileep plays the title role of Mulla, a young man who is born and brought up in a colony notorious for raising anti-social elements. Mulla actually is his mother's name. His mother was a commercial sex worker who dies soon after his birth and he decides to use her name as his.
Biju Menon is the big don of the colony residents. He too has drastically altered his appearance in the film.
First it was Suman who played villain in Rajnikanth’s Sivaji. Suman ‘s role was widely appreciated and his performance is one of his best in his tow decades old actor.
Now the senior character artist Kota Sreenivasa Rao is doing a role as villain in a new Tamil film, Kandaswamy.
The film’s hero Vikram insisted on taking Kota to ply villain and the producer and director were only to pleased to sign up Kota. His reputation as an artist of high-caliber is being recognized in neighboring states too, which is a welcome sign for the Telugu film industry.
Director Rakesh Roshan is scripting a sequel to Krrish where the villain will have a powerful role. Rumours are doing rounds that son Hritik Roshan wants to grab the opportunity and appear in a anti hero role for the first time. Although he has played roles on the wrong side of law in Fiza, Mission Kashmir and Dhoom 2 this will be a fabulous opportunity for the star to showcase his talent.
Junior Roshan is so excited in the role that he plans giving up his hero's role for the villain. The superhero movie is still at the early scripting process. Krrish was Bollywood's first big budget super hero movie and was an instant hit. The Roshans promise the sequel to be better technologically are are planning to shoot sequences on the lines of Spiderman 3.
Drona is a 2008 Fantasy film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Jaya Bachchan and Kay Kay Menon. Priyanka Chopra is enacting Abhishek Bachchan’s bodyguard while Kay Kay Menon is acquiring a negative role. Menon’s role was first offered to Shiney Ahuja who opted out saying he had date problems. Part of the film was shot in PragueCzech Republic, Bikaner, India, Maharashtra, India and Namibia, Africa. The film was initially due to be released around December, 2007 but was delayed to a 2008, Diwali release due to a special effects procedure.
The grapevine is abuzz that Vijay’s next Prabhu Deva directed untitled film for Ayngaran is going to be a remake of a Bollywood film. Has our ‘Ilayathalapathy’ changed tracks? Normally the source material for his films is Telugu mass masalas.
Industry sources say that Dharani had brought the remake rights of the Telugu Prabhas film Chatrapati , and made it the second half of Kuruvi. Now that it has backfired Vijay for the time being is going north.
Remember that arch-rival Ajit’s Billa, may be a remake of Rajinikanth’s 1980 Billa, which itself is a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s 1978 Don. And Ajit’s under production Aegan directed by Raju Sundaram is said to be the Tamil version of Shah Rukh Khan’s Main Hoon Naa. The original was produced by Eros Entertainment, who has a tie-up with Ayngaran, the Tamil producers.
The latest we hear is that Prabhu Deva’s new film with Vijay is said to be sourced from Abbas Mastan directed Bobby Deol- Preity Zinta action super hit Soldier (1998). It is an all out action film that was shot in Australia and New Zealand, and tells the story of a son’s mission to seek revenge on his father an army officer killed by enemy forces and traitors.
Soldier remake is ideal subject for Vijay as it has action, sentiments, steamy romance with peppy songs. The new Vijay film is going to have music by Devi Sri Prasad, Dasavatharam cameraman Ravi Varman will be the cinematographer and it is likely to be shot in Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Nayanthara will play the role done by Preity Zinta and Biju Menon will be the main villain.
Veteran Actress Suhasini, who gave a splendid performance in her last Kannada movie, Maathad Maathad Mallige (2007), has now signed a Malayalam movie. She will be seen sharing screen space with veteran actors Biju Menon and Thilakan.
The movie by T.V. Chandran is based on the 2002 Gujarat riots and tells the story of a Muslim lady who falls victim to the riots. Aryadan Shoukat produces the movie slated for release early next year.
Versatile actor Prakash Raj is in the news for the wrong reasons. The actor is reported to have been dropped form the film Athidhi. He is playing the role of villain in the movie. The reason being cited for this is his non-cooperative attitude of the actor. He is said to come to the sets very late thereby disrupting the schedule.
He is also known to go missing for days on end, keeping the actors and the technicians on tenterhooks. Hero Mahesh Babu is reported to have resented his casual attitude and it is said to have asked the producer to drop Prakash Raj from the film. So a new villain Sushant Singh is now going to play villain in Athidhi. Sushant made a mark in Tollywood with his role in Dubai Seenu.